Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mercury Rising

Messenger probe has sent its latest here from Flame Trench here:

In yet another NASA first, the robotic Messenger probe beamed back pictures this week of parts of the planet Mercury that never have been seen by spacecraft before.

Soon after sweeping within 124 miles of the planet's surface on Monday, Messenger snapped this photo of half of a hemisphere that was missed by the only other spacecraft to visit Mercury -- Mariner 10, which made three flybys in 1974 and 1975.

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